Posts tagged: "quilt tips"

  1. 4 tips for getting an authentic look in your Civil War quilts (+ sale!)

    Posted by on October 3, 2016

    It’s no secret that Civil War–style quilts are mega popular—and we bet we can tell how much you love them by the colors in your stash. If your stash resembles a spread like this: We’ve got some fun tips for you today! Some of our most popular books about reproduction quilts are on sale—this week […]


  2. Sew half-square triangles 4 and 8 times faster than you are now

    Posted by on September 26, 2016

    The humble yet mighty half-square triangle (or as I’ll fondly refer to it here: HST) is an essential element in scores of classic quilt blocks. And when you’re making a quilt that’s chock-full of HSTs, every little trick that streamlines the process can add up to quite a bit of time saved. If you find […]


  3. The hourglass quilt block: a trimming trick (because they can be tricky!)

    Posted by on August 26, 2016

    Stop the presses! We just had to share this quick tip with you. It answers a question many of us quilty staffers at Martingale have asked ourselves before—maybe you’ve asked it too. The question usually arises after removing a bit of patchwork from your sewing machine: “How come I lost my points?” Raise your seam […]


  4. How to decorate with quilts: designer do’s (+ sale!)

    Posted by on August 15, 2016

    You can decorate with a lamp. A painting. A wreath. Assorted knick-knacks. But bring a quilt into the room and you can actually feel the space become softer. Cozier. A quilt invites you to relax, unwind, and stay a spell. How do quilts do that? We say it’s simply their superpower. Whether you’re making your […]


  5. Want bump-free quilt blocks? Try Jo Morton’s clippy trick (video)

    Posted by on July 15, 2016

    Little quilts are so appealing because they’re fun to make and easy to finish. That’s precisely the reason Jo Morton, author of the super-popular book Jo’s Little Favorites, loves designing on a smaller scale. Being the quilt genius that she is, Jo’s come up with a wealth of tips and techniques for successfully piecing diminutive […]


  6. Paper-piecing palooza! Pictorial blocks, precise results (+ sale)

    Posted by on June 27, 2016

    Most of the quilters I know fall into two categories when it comes to paper-foundation piecing. They either love it or they don’t. And if they don’t love paper piecing, they’re convinced they never will. Personally, I’ll paper piece whenever it’s going to give me the results I’m looking for. The great thing about foundation […]


  7. What to do with old quilts: 5 ideas to ponder

    Posted by on May 27, 2016

    What to do with old quilts? It’s a question many quilters have asked. Whether you’ve inherited quilts, enjoy collecting antique quilts, or happen to own an old quilt with a story (or one that’s shrouded in mystery), knowing what to do with an older quilt can stump us. We asked some of our antique-quilt-loving authors […]


  8. Your fabulous fabric stash: 2 tips for using it to its full potential

    Posted by on April 29, 2016

    Some people just don’t understand. Building a fabric stash requires thorough contemplation and careful consideration. Shop to shop, show to show, online store to online store, you’ve curated a collection of fabric that’s so very . . . you. But are you using your fabric stash to its fullest potential? Designer Tonya Alexander understands us […]


  9. How to use a quilting ruler without slip-sliding away

    Posted by on April 15, 2016

    When it comes to precise piecing, which do you think is more important: accurate cutting or accurate sewing? If you said cutting OR sewing, you’re close . . . but for seams that butt, points that match, and blocks that turn out to be the size they’re supposed to be, accurate cutting AND sewing are […]


  10. Learn how to quilt for beginners: 5 essential posts to save and share

    Posted by on April 8, 2016

    Are you a beginner? We’re all beginners in some way. Some of us have never paper pieced; others have yet to try needle-turn appliqué. How about hand piecing, embroidery, or machine quilting? There’s always something new to learn that will inspire your creativity! In today’s post we’ve collected resources for new quilters of all kinds. […]